The m5 command line has two parts: (1) the simulator section which includes the simulator executable and its options, and (2) the script section, which includes the script file and its options. The usage is:
% m5 [m5 options] <script.py> [script options]
The m5 executable is any of the version you may have built (See Compiling M5) such as ALPHA_SE/m5.debug or m5.opt, and the [m5 options] part are all of the options that the simulator itself understands. Running m5 with the "-h" flag prints a help message that includes all of the supported simulator options. Here's a snippet:
% build/ALPHA_SE/m5.debug -h Usage ===== m5.debug [m5 options] script.py [script options] Copyright (c) 2001-2006 The Regents of The University of Michigan All Rights Reserved options ======= --version show program's version number and exit --help, -h show this help message and exit --authors, -A Show author information --copyright, -C Show full copyright information --readme, -R Show the readme --release-notes, -N Show the release notes --outdir=DIR, -d DIR Set the output directory to DIR [Default: .] --interactive, -i Invoke the interactive interpreter after running the script --pdb Invoke the python debugger before running the script --path=PATH[:PATH], -p PATH[:PATH] Prepend PATH to the system path when invoking the script --quiet, -q Reduce verbosity --verbose, -v Increase verbosity ...
The script section of the command line begins with a path to your script file and includes any options that you'd like to pass to that script. Since M5 runs the script in a way similar to python itself (i.e. it's similar to running "python myscript.py [ options ]"), you can pass your script options on the command line to make your script flexible. The script file documentation page (Simulation Scripts Explained) has details on how to write scripts for M5, and the Options section of that page gives a bit of detail on how your scripts can have their own options.
Example configuration files
configs/examples directory there are example scripts
se.py for running full system and syscall emulation benchmarks respectively. Each of these also takes a
--help parameter and lists some parameters we think may be useful to get running quickly. Note the position of
--help changes what help you get.
./build/ALPHA_SE/m5.opt --help provides you help for M5 and
./build/ALPHA_SE/m5.opt configs/example/se.py --help provides help on the
se.py script. See Simulation Scripts Explained for more information. The sample scripts we distribute work for ALPHA, SPARC, and MIPS. However only ALPHA and SPARC are supported for full system simulation.
Simple SE binary
We'll assume that you've already built an ALPHA_FS version of the M5 simulator, and downloaded and installed the full-system binary and disk image files. Then you can just run the fs.py configuration file in the m5/configs/examples directory. For example:
% build/ALPHA_FS/m5.debug -d /tmp/output configs/example/fs.py M5 Simulator System Copyright (c) 2001-2006 The Regents of The University of Michigan All Rights Reserved M5 compiled Aug 16 2006 18:51:57 M5 started Wed Aug 16 21:53:38 2006 M5 executing on zeep command line: ./build/ALPHA_FS/m5.debug configs/example/fs.py 0: system.tsunami.io.rtc: Real-time clock set to Sun Jan 1 00:00:00 2006 Listening for console connection on port 3456 0: system.remote_gdb.listener: listening for remote gdb #0 on port 7000 warn: Entering event queue @ 0. Starting simulation... <...simulation continues...>
By default, the fs.py script boots Linux and starts a shell on the system console. To keep console traffic separate from simulator input and output, this simulated console is associated with a TCP port. To interact with the console, you must connect to the port using a program such as
telnet, for example:
% telnet localhost 3456
Telnet's echo behavior doesn't work well with m5, so if you are using the console regularly, you probably want to use M5term instead of telnet. By default m5 will try to use port 3456, as in the example above. However, if that port is already in use, it will increment the port number until it finds a free one. The actual port number used is printed in the m5 output.
In addition to loading a Linux kernel, M5 mounts one or more disk images for its filesystems. At least one disk image must be mounted as the root filesystem. Any application binaries that you want to run must be present on these disk images. To begin running benchmarks without requiring an interactive shell session, M5 can load .rcS files that replace the normal Linux boot scripts to directly execute from after booting the OS. These .rcS files can be used to configure ethernet interfaces, execute special m5 instructions, or begin executing a binary on the disk image. The pointers for the linux binary, disk images, and .rcS files are all set in the simulation script. (To see how these files work, see Simulation Scripts Explained.) Examples: Going into / of root filesystem and typing ls will show:
benchmarks etc lib mnt sbin usr bin floppy lost+found modules sys var dev home man proc tmp z
Snippet of an .rcS file:
echo -n "setting up network..." /sbin/ifconfig eth0 192.168.0.10 txqueuelen 1000 /sbin/ifconfig lo 127.0.0.1 echo -n "running surge client..." /bin/bash -c "cd /benchmarks/surge && ./Surge 2 100 1 192.168.0.1 5. echo -n "halting machine" m5 exit
Full System Benchmarks
We have several full-system benchmarks already up and running. The binaries are available in the disk images you can obtain/download from us, and the .rcS files are in the m5/configs/boot/ directory. To run any of them, you merely need to set the benchmark option to the name of the test you want to run. For example:
%./build/ALPHA_FS/m5.opt configs/example/fs.py -b NetperfMaerts
To see a comprehensive list of all benchmarks available:
%./build/ALPHA_FS/m5.opt configs/examples/fs.py -h
Restoring from a checkpoint
First of all, you need to create a checkpoint. After booting the M5 simulator, execute the following command (in the shell):
which will create a new directory with the checkpoint, named 'cpt.TICKNUMBER'
With the new simulator (2.0 beta2), the restoring from a checkpoint can usually be easily done from the command line, e.g.:
build/ALPHA_FS/m5.debug configs/example/fs.py -r N OR build/ALPHA_FS/m5.debug configs/example/fs.py --checkpoint-restore=N
The number N is integer that represents checkpoint number, when they are order lexically (i.e. by the ticknumber) - oldest tick has number 1, next checkpoint has number 2, etc.